Kingwood is a bedroom community just north of Houston. It is considered a PUD..Planned Urban Development and thus did not grow orgnically but was planned as a communter community.
There are about 70,000 people living in Kingwoodwith a great mix of nationalities and earning levels...although some people don't believe that and see it as a white, upper middle class, Southern Baptist sort of place.
Harris County runs the Library even though Kingwood was incorporated into Houston (with much rancour) in the 1990's. Recently Houston built Kingwood a new branch library and turned it over to Harris County for day to day operations. You can see a picture of the new building here.
Our new library is a fabulous building but I am angry about a couple of things.
First off, our library has been closed on Sunday for a very long time... maybe since it opened in the 1980's BUT now the new facility is closed Wednesdays as well. I don't get it. Other branches around us are open seven days a week with fewer visitors. Why does Kingwood get hammered in the budget wars? I wonder if a petition would do any good.
Secondly, in a community as large as this one I would think that there would be large support for the new facilty. Before it was built, the local Library volunteer group (FOLK - Friends of the Library Kingwood) solicited donations from the public. From $150.00 for a brick up to $25,000.00 to furnish a conference room, individuals and businesses could get memorialized in the new building. I looked at the brick path way the other day and only about 10% of the bricks were taken. Where's the support for such a vital part of our community?
Here's my contribution:
Yup, I bought a brick for Alex and the Girls. A few times, when the weather was much cooler, we would walk to and from the Library. Also, they loved stopping there early in the morning, to drop off books before they were marked late, just to see if they could escape from the car and roam the lovely grounds.. Lady Jane also adored the Library because, on hot days when we were out and about in the car, I would carry her into the library under my arm while I made my selections.
Sorry for the rant but I think a Library is vital to a community and that fact that mine seems short-changed, when it comes to operationg hours and visible community support, really irritates me.
I promise not to cotinue this rant in future posts.
HOWEVER if I can get a petition together, I will let you know how it goes.